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Monthly gift of $19.46 on your credit card (12 months)

Benefits include:
- Commemorative 1946 Society Polo Shirt
- 2009 National MS Society, MD Chapter commemorative calendar
- Free Admission to Research Symposium and Annual Meeting
- Acknowledgment as part of the 1946 Society in Chapter's Annual Report
- Orange Join the Movement Wristband
- Quarterly E-mail Update about Research and Programs & Services at the Maryland Chapter.



What is the 1946 Society? 
Sylvia Lawry was attending Hunter College with the aim of becoming a lawyer when her younger brother Bernard began experiencing visual and balance problems. They proved to be early symptoms of MS, an unpredictable, chronic, and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. For several years, the family pursued cures without success, ultimately leading Ms. Lawry to place a small classified notice in The New York Times in 1945.

When the more than 50 replies she received from individuals as desperate as she to find encouraging news about MS, Sylvia Lawry realized the need for an organized effort to stimulate and finance research into the cure, treatment and cause of MS. On March, 11, 1946, Ms. Lawry gathered 20 of the nation's most prominent research scientists and founded what would become the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

With your gift, you:

  • Support $1 million in research at Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland and other prestigious institutions throughout the world.
  • Support self-help groups, transportation, Research Symposium, Advocacy Days, information and referral services and financial assistance for the Chapter's 6,300 members.